Holy Trinity Congregation


CTR News November 2017




Christmas trees

J Portman

Mr R Pilley

Mrs J Hague

Mrs K Hester.

Please be aware that I shall compile next year's rota early in December. I will assume that you still want to do it and will fix your date as close to this year's. Any problems see Olive. Thanks.


The December Grapevine's are bagged up and ready for collection. The front cover is promoting the Christmas Tree Festival and Market - 1st - 3rd December. Please, therefore, can you try and deliver your Grapevine's as soon as possible this month so as to raise awareness. Thank you. Steve Wilson


In the past we have held a quiet day to help us prepare for Advent, but this is usually attended by just a small group of people. This year we have been looking at ways that we as a church can prepare for Advent together. So this year there won’t be a quiet day, instead we will reflect and prepare ourselves for Advent together. How you might we do that? Well I’m glad you asked!! During advent there will be an opportunity for you to help us build up the story that leads to Christmas Day through making 4 pictures. At the back of the church there will be pieces of the picture for you to take home to colour in and bring back the following week, (rather like a jigsaw) it’s hoped that as you colour in your part of the picture at home you will take the time reflect on the meaning of advent and the familiar story of Christmas. As the pieces are fitted back together a picture will emerge that tells the story of the annunciation, Joseph, the journey to Bethlehem and finally the manger scene. You don’t have to be creative just be able to colour in (colouring pencils will be provided). For those who perhaps don’t fancy the idea of colouring then there is a weekly advent reflection to follow the theme. These booklets will be available for everyone at the back of church. Our prayer is that you will all join in in some way and be blessed by taking part. Advent is such an important time yet so often gets lost in the rush towards Christmas. This will be an opportunity for us all to take a few moments each day to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The first pieces of the picture will be available on Sunday 26th. Please remember to bring them back the following week. Lynn

Big Carol Sing in All Saints Square in Rotherham

Over the last three years we have held a very successful Big Carol Sing in All Saints Square in Rotherham This year we are partnering with the local council as part of their Magical Reindeer Parade. We will gather in All Saints Square from 11.00am until 1.00pm on Saturday 16 December, singing carols, giving away free mince pies and hot chocolate, the occasional Christmas cracker joke and lots of silly hats and Christmas jumpers. If you are able to help with musicians and singers and help provide any mince pies or Hot Chocolate please get in touch as soon as possible. Every Blessing. Adrian 07790030899 Liberty Church Rotherham Www.libertyrotherham.org

Advent Candles, 'Real' Advent calendars and Traidcraft Christmas Cards

Are now available from Fiona. Candles are £3, calendars are only £2 (half the shop price) and cards are priced individually.

On Friday 24th November

Joanne Portman will be holding a fund raising event in the community centre in aid of Maples Cancer Care and Rotherham hospice. As last year there will be stalls and cakes, coffee/tea and prosecco. It begins at 7pm and tickets are £5 or pay on the door.

Donate to Church with your Home Insurance

Ecclesiastical Insurance who insure the church buildings are celebrating their 130th anniversary of insuring Anglican churches. To celebrate they are offering to donate £130 to church for every member of the church family who takes out a home insurance policy with Ecclesiastical during the next year. Simply visit www.ecclesiastical.com/Trust130 or ring 0800 783 0130 to obtain a quote. There is a poster at the back of church with the details or if you would like any further information or to see the terms and conditions please speak to Julia Hindley.

Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you for all your generosity for the Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The wall of shoe boxes is steadily growing due to your generosity in providing shoe boxes, wrapping shoe boxes, donating gifts and money as well as giving completed shoe boxes. I cannot thank You enough on behalf of the children who so deserve these boxes. All of the boxes and money for transport will be taken to the main collection centre at Talbot Lane Methodist church after Sunday 19th November. If you have not had chance to support this in some way, and you would like to do so, there is still plenty of time. I would be especially grateful for any donations towards the cost of transporting the shoeboxes. Thank you so much for all your support . Kath Scott.

Friday Club

Please note the following arrangements for Friday clubs meetings during December: 8th December, ten pin bowling; 15th December, making table decorations with Pat Lister; 22nd & 29th December, no meetings

Diocesan Link Visit to Germany for the 500th Anniversary Celebrations of the Reformation

26 church members from across the Diocese have recently returned from a wonderful visit of shared Christian Witness. The theme of the visit continued that of last years visit in England of 'Caring for Creation and the Environment' plus we were able to share in their celebrations for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Although the Reformation in this country took a different path it still means we are free to read the bible in our own language and are free to arrange worship to suit our own culture - something perhaps we take for granted. Photos of the visit can been seen on the Holy Trinity Website. If anyone is interested in learning more about the link then please don't hesitate to ask me. Jayne Spaven

Christmas Tree Festival and Victorian Christmas Market 2017

Our very popular annual Christmas Tree Festival will be opened by Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, the Mayor of Rotherham, on Thursday 30th November at 7pm and followed by refreshments. This year the 19 trees will be decorated by each community or church group with the theme ‘The Greatest Gift’. Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who have donated money to sponsor the trees. The Church will then be open daily from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. On Saturday 2nd Dec there will also be a Victorian Christmas Market from 4.30pm with entrance costing £1 and children free. There will be Christmas Ale and Mulled wine, hot food, stalls, games and much more. We already have a lot of volunteers helping us over the weekend but need more to make the event a success. It is one of our main fundraising events but our priority is sharing the Christmas message with our community. We will have a Church stall advertising our services and groups, have pens and children’s books/sweets to give away, will be doing children’s crafts and selling Christmas cards with a nativity theme.

There are lots of ways in which you can help – for example:

Helping to distribute posters

Stewarding in the Church

Providing mince pies/yule logs/anything on a Christmas theme - please try to get the longest sell by dates

Delivering flyers around the village

Setting up for the market from 2pm on Saturday

Clearing up after the market – please try to stay and help the people who always end up doing this

Setting up and taking down trees – see board for details

Helpers for stalls

Provide a luxury food item for the raffle hamper

Provide tombola prizes – put in box in Narthex

Cakes for the cake stall

It really is a case of many hands make light work! All the information will be on the board in the Narthex and if you have any queries please speak to Kay or Fiona.

Carol singing at Morrison's Tuesday 5th December at 2.30.

Please come if you are able. Ken and Kath

The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust invite the residents of Thorpe Hesley and Scholes to join them on either Monday 20th November or Wednesday 22nd November from 6pm at Wentworth Woodhouse. The evening will be an opportunity to meet staff, hear about the plans for Wentworth and to put forward your ideas or concerns. Refreshments will be provided. Please do let us know if you are coming by calling us on 01226351161 or email Andrew@wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Facebook and Twitter

We are working on refreshing the Facebook page and considering reducing the amount of posts we upload as we have recently found ourselves at saturation point. If we over-post, we run the risk of losing 'likes' and page visits. We plan to keep a couple of days free to use for special, up and coming events and notices. Therefore, we will continue to have a set schedule throughout the week and any additional, last minute posts will be church related only. Where, possible, could users of TCC send to their page instead as this would help promote the centre. Please continue to encourage friends and family to like the page and interact, as when people do, it is also seen by all the people on their friends list - so spreading the word even further afield! We have increased the following by 100+ in the past few months which is fabulous considering it has been done all word of mouth. Let's keep it going!

Fashion Show

A big thanks to everyone who supported the fashion show, we raised £250 for Church funds. Watch out for a date in the Spring for another one.

Stewardship Service

If you missed the Stewardship Service you will find copies of the Annual Review 2017 leaflet in the Narthex, it has also been emailed to everyone who receives the pewsheet by email. Please do read the leaflet and let me know if you have any questions or concerns or if you need any information about gift aid or about giving by standing order or through the envelope scheme. My contact details are on the back of the leaflet. If you would like any further information about Legacy giving I have a few leaflets. Please also return your pledge slip via the collection plate in order to aid budgeting for our expenditure. If you prefer to place it in an envelope that is absolutely fine. Be assured that your pledge and your giving is completely confidential, there is only you, me and God that know how much you give. Remember our church Mission Statement; Working together we aim to continue to grow in faith and to open the doors to Christ for ourselves and our neighbours. If we are to continue the work we do in mission and ministry in Thorpe Hesley and Scholes through 2018 we need to find an extra £137 per week in order to meet all our costs. Please think and pray about how you can contribute to this. Thank you, Julia Hindley, Treasurer.

Hosting with HOSTUK 2017-18

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2

How true such advice can be. Hospitality is an equal partnership, the feel-good factor of offering it and the delight in receiving it. HOST UK is a charity whose mission is to give a welcome to international students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. We operate all year round including Christmas and New Year when being welcomed into a home is vastly preferable to lonely halls of residence. Hospitality can be offered for one day (daytime only), three days and two nights at the weekend, or at New Year, or four days and three nights during the Christmas festive period. The choice is yours. And remember...your offer can be made at any time of the year. If you should like to know more please look at our website: www.hostuk.org Or email us on: info@hostuk.org Or telephone us on: 020 7739 6292


Of food stuffs and toiletries for Shiloh can still be left each week in the cupboard in the narthex (see poster for suitable items). This is emptied every week and taken down to Shiloh by Jayne Spaven. who volunteers there. If you have donations of bedding/towels/clothing please see Richard Pilley who will happily collect it and take it down for you if you are unable to take it yourself.


As you all know the stonework to the remaining 3 sides of the church is in need of serious repair!  We were able to fund renovation of the West End & Tower out of our own funds together with the generous support of our congregation. However, WE as a church will still need to raise additional funds to show OUR commitment to this project, at the moment we think about an additional £5000 together with £20,000 we have already committed from general funds we hold. We are blessed with a lovely church and this grant will help us to keep Holy Trinity weathertight and looking good for many more years. Please would you prayerfully think if you are able to make a donation towards this project. If you are able to then please place your donation in an envelope. If you are able to gift aid your gift that would be even better.

Church recording

If you know of anyone who would appreciate a recording of the morning service delivering to their door please let Colin know. This may be short term whilst someone is ill, or long term. The service is now recorded on a CD.


We have recently had a few advertisers not renewing their adverts and at present we have a few spaces available. The income from advertising in the Grapevine is a good income stream for the Church and so to maximise this we would like to fill these spaces asap. The Grapevine is delivered free to every home (approx 2400) in Thorpe Hesley & Scholes every month and so is a great way for a business to promote itself. If you have any work done in the near future by a trader who doesn't advertise in the Grapevine, please make them aware of it, show them a copy and tell them how good it is. If they are interested get their details so that I can ring them. Our prices are very reasonable compared to other publications in the area. Alternatively give them my contact number - 07742 000765. Steve Wilson

Art Group For Fun

Meets on Thursdays 9.30-11.30am in the narthex- pencil drawing, watercolour painting, plenty of chatting, lots of fun- why not pop in and join us. Jane Allonby.

Offertory Collections During Services

On occasion during services in church a collection plate will be passed during the offertory hymn. If you are a regular giver please continue to do so in your usual way and just pass the plate on to the next person. If you feel it appropriate at this time you may like to take the opportunity to give a little extra.

Trinity Centre Library

Please use the library and encourage friends and neighbours as well - if we don't use it we might lose it!!

Churches together in Rotherham.

Please see the news sheet on the notice board in the narthex for the latest news, information and events.

Children and photographs

If anyone takes a photograph of a child on our site, at Church, Trinity Community Centre, in the churchyard/grounds, or at any other place where an event connected with us is taking place e.g. Scholes Cricket Ground, Church Weekend etc. please will you make sure that the parents or adult with decision making responsibility for that child is happy with the photograph being taken and possibly appearing on a web site. This should be of particular consideration if the photograph is intended for our website the Diocesan/ District website or any other website. Even if the photograph is of the same child taken just a few days after the last photograph taken where permission was asked for, circumstances my change that make it unwise for that child’s photograph to be displayed in such a way. We are therefore asking that on every occasion however short a time elapses that permission is sought.   

Pewsheet by email

If you signed up to receive the pewsheet by email you should now be receiving it. If you have signed up to do this but have not received it please let Joyce know. It may be that your address has been typed in wrongly.

New book out detailing the history of Thorpe Hesley

One of our Church members, Tom Doncaster, has written the book Images of the Past- Thorpe Hesley covering many aspects of the history of Thorpe Hesley. It is being sold at the price of £4.95 with all profits going into Church funds. Copies are on sale in Church, at the Village Shop on Brook Hill in Thorpe Hesley and Wentworth Post Office. In case of difficulty contact the author at tomdoncaster@totalise.co.uk or Tel: 01142463437.